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donderdag 20 april 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. All over the world events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • thrive - grow to be strong and healthy
  • falter - stop being strong or successful
  • for eons - for a very long period of time
  • soil - the top layer of earth in which plants grow
  • regard - think of something in a special way
  • disregard - ignore something or treat them as unimportant
  • be prepared to do something - be ready to do something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. According to Nature, what's the big difference between her and the people living on earth?

  2. Nature says: "Your future depends on me." Whose future is she talking about?

  3. Nature says: "Your actions will determine your fate." Explain what this means.

Extra listening assignments

Watch the video about Hannah Testa:


  1. What is Hannah's goal?
  2. According to Hannah, what simple steps can you take?
  3. Hannah says: "The earth is what we all have in common." Explain what this means.

Or check out an earlier Earth Day video assignment here!

Good Sports

Saskatoon is a large city in Canada. At a school in Saskatoon they are trying out a new gym program. Check it out in the video.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • kindergarten - a school or class for very young children
  • burn off energy - use energy
  • buffet - a meal for which different foods are placed on a table so that people can serve themselves
  • phys ed - short for physical educuation: sports and exercise taught in schools
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Before the gym program, how did Zade use to try to calm down?

  2. Which students can burn off some energy at the gym?

  3. When can the students go to the gym?

  4. Jeff Marshall calls the program “sort of a buffet approach”. Explain in your own words what this means.

  5. What is the effect of the new gym program?

donderdag 13 april 2017

A Black-And-White Issue

This week, the giant pandas Wu Weng en Xing Ja arrived at Schiphol airport. The two black-and-white bears will live at Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • a question that has eluded scientists for decades - a question that scientist couldn’t find the answer to for many years
  • crack a code - find the meaning of a special code
  • deconstruct - divide into different parts
  • forested areas - areas with lots of trees; forests
  • ward off threats - avoid dangerous situations
  • adorable - very lovable, cute, sweet
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. What makes pandas so different form other sorts of bears?

  2. What are the different functions of a panda’s white fur and its black fur?

  3. What do pandas eat? Does this plant really fill their bellies?

March for Science

The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, 22 April 2017. People in hundreds of cities around the world will take to the streets in support of science.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • exploration - traveling through new areas and discovering new things to learn about them
  • it enriches my life - it makes my life better, more worth living
  • a curiousity drive - a strong wish to find out more about something
  • the cutting edge - the newest and most advanced area of activity in an art, science, etc.
  • stuffy, uptight people - people who are sort of old-fashioned and very, very serious
  • like-minded people - people with similar opinions and interests
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why does Gavin the inventor think science is important?

  2. Pick out three other statements. Note the main points.
    Do you agree with them? Explain your opinion.

Extra writing/speaking assignment
  1. Do you think science is important? Write down your answer.
  2. Record a video with your statement. Use your written answer to make the video.

Extra reading assignment
Use the Internet to answer to the following questions:
  1. Why is there an international March for Science?
  2. Where is a March for Science nearest to you?

donderdag 6 april 2017

Vigilante

A man in Bristol goes out late at night to correct mistakes on street signs and shop fronts. He’s been doing it for many years.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • vigilante - a person who is not a police officer but who tries to catch and punish criminals
  • thump - beat with a lot of force, beat loudly
  • rogue - different in a wrong, dangerous or harmful way
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How does the Bristol man call himself?
    Explain this name.

  2. What happens when he gets extremely nervous?

  3. He says it’s not a crime what he does.
    What is a crime according to him?

Extra grammar fun
  1. Apostrophes are his specialty.
    Find out the correct pronounciation of apostrophes.
  2. Explain the difference between “Nail’s” and “Nails”.
  3. Explain the difference between “Motor’s” and “Motors”.
  4. Watch the video once more.
    Copy the mistakes on the signs. Write the correct form next to it.

Meet Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson is a 12-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a famous footballer. His friends are Jack and Boggy.
Jamie Johnson is a British tv series. The second season just started this month. Louis Dunn plays Jamie.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • complex - not simple; complicated
  • competition - when different people try to win a game from each other; when several people all try to be the very best at something
  • bonus - something good that is extra
  • football freestyler - a person who can do amazing tricks with a football
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. When is Jamie really happy?

  2. What do Jamie and Louis have in common?

  3. John Farnworth is a famous football freestyler. What did he teach Louis?

Extra speaking assignment
Watch the video once more.
Now it's your turn to introduce yourself in 2 minutes.
Tip: Write down some main point you want to tell about yourself.
Introduce yourself for your classmates. You can also film your own introduction.


zaterdag 1 april 2017

April Fools

Check out last year's April Fools video here!

Or check out this video, no English required ...

donderdag 30 maart 2017

Do Not Try This At Home

Kerim Ahmetsapahic from Bosnia has a good head on his shoulders. And he knows how to use it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • crush - hit or press something so hard that it breaks
  • incredible - difficult to believe
  • feat - act that shows courage, strength, or skill
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How old is Kerim?

  2. How many building blocks does he crush in how many seconds?

  3. At the end, the reporter says: “This really takes the biscuit.” What do you think she means?
    a) Kerim is so good that he wins a biscuit.
    b) This is really extreme.
    c) Crushing building blocks beats crushing biscuits.

All's Well That Ends Well

Will Olsen had quite a week. Luckily, his friend Ian Brown was there to help him.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • choke - become unable to breathe because something gets stuck in your throat
  • his buddy - his good friend
  • Heimlich maneuver - a series of steps to help somebody who is choking
  • abdomen - belly; the part of your body below the chest with you stomach and other organs
  • thrust - a strong push
  • abdominal thrust - a strong push in the belly
  • dislodge - remove with great force
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What happened? Tell the main points in your own words.

  2. “Ian sprang into action.” What does “spring into action” mean?

  3. What did Will’s parents tell him?

  4. When did Ian know things were serious?

  5. What is the most important thing when you do the Heimlich maneuver?

Extra writing or speaking assignment
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Listen carefully to the explanation of the Heimlich maneuver.
3. Take notes of the main steps.
4. Write an instruction sheet for the Heimlich maneuver.
5. Explain to your classmates how the Heimlich maneuver works.

donderdag 23 maart 2017

We Are Family

Sumac Lottery is nine years old. A book about her and her family is coming out this month. In the video, she tells you a bit about it.

pets = huisdieren
figure out = verzinnen, bedenken

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many brothers and sisters does Sumac have?

  2. And how many pets?

  3. When Sumac’s grandpa arrives, they “have to figure out to make room for one more.”
    Explain what this means.

Extra speaking assignment
  1. Now it’s your turn to introduce yourself and your family.
  2. First write the answers to the following 2 questions:
    - How many people are there in your family?
    - Can you name one or more special things about your family? Write them down.
  3. There you go: Hold your short introduction for your classmates. Or film it on camera.
    Use your answers to the 2 questions to help you.

Derek Walcott

The poet Derek Walcott, born in 1930, died this month at the age of 87. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets in the English language. He was from St. Lucia in the West Indies.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • with elation - with happy thoughts in your head
  • mirror - a piece of glass that reflects images
  • ignore - take no notice of someone or something, pay no attention to someone or something
  • know by heart - know it so well that you can repeat it from memory
  • desperate - very sad and upset, with little or no hope
  • peel - remove
  • feast on - celebrate, enjoy
Read the first four questions. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Who is the poet speaking to?

  2. Listen closely to the first line. Now answer the question: When are the things in the poem happening?

  3. Does the poem contain positive or negative thoughts? Explain your answer with specific words or lines from the poem.

  4. Choose the two statements that are in line with the poem:
    - Love is the most important thing.
    - Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    - Learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves.
    - Always put others first.


Extra reading and writing assignment
  1. Find out more about Derek Walcott: about his life, his work, any prizes, etc.
  2. Write a short report on the poet's life. Or create a timeline of his life.

Extra (close) reading assignment
  1. Listen to the poem again. Read the poem (below) while listening.
  2. Make two lists, one with positive words, one with negative words.
    Or print the poem and mark the positive words with one colour and the negative ones with another.
  3. Pick a favourite line or expression. Explain your pick.

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott

donderdag 16 maart 2017

Up, Up and Away

Have you ever let a balloon fly away?
What do you think happens to balloons that fly away?
Before you watch the video, answer the second question in writing or tell your classmates what you think.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • drift - move slowly, pushed by currents of water, air, etc.
  • helium-filled - filled with helium gas, the the second lightest chemical element (He)
  • rubbish - garbage, trash
  • wildlife - animals living and plants growing in their natural environment
  • harmful - causing damage or harm
  • ban - forbid people from using
  • alternative - something that can be chosen instead of something else; a choice or option
  • bubbles - very light balls of air inside a thin layer of soap
  • flags - pieces of cloth used as decoration, a signal or to attract attention
  • banners - large strips of cloth with a design, picture, or writing on it
  • kites - toys made of a frame covered with cloth, paper, or plastic and flown in the air at the end of a long string
  • bunting - strips of paper or cloth used as decoration
  • degrade - break down into simple substances or parts; decompose
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. Where do escaped ballons often end up?

  2. Are helium-filled balloons banned in Australia?

  3. Name three things you can use at parties instead of balloons.

The Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock has been ticking for many years now. It’s in the news because the scientists behind it recently have changed its time once again. Find out more in the video .

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • doomsday - the day the world ends or is destroyed
  • cavalier - careless; showing no concern for something that is important or serious
  • reckless - not showing proper concern about the possible bad results of your actions
  • disregard - ignoring something or treating something as unimportant
  • initially - originally; in the beginning; at the start
  • arbitrary - not planned or chosen for a particular reason
  • impending - happening or likely to happen soon
  • deep concern - a deep feeling of worry
  • off the table - If sth is "off the table", it is not a serious option or not up for discussion
  • grim -gloomy or depressing
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Why was the Doomsday Clock made in the first place?

  2. How accurate is the Doomsday Clock?

  3. For each of the following years, write down to what the time the Doomsday Clock was set and for what reason:
    - 1947
    - 1949
    - 1953
    - 1968
    - 1972
    - 1984
    - 1991
    - 2017

donderdag 9 maart 2017

The Bigger Picture

This month, a picture taken in New York went viral on Twitter. Nada Tawfik asked New Yorkers about it.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • be fazed by something - let something make you feel afraid or uncertain
  • people from all walks of life - all sorts of people with different backgrounds, jobs, positions in society, etc.
  • accustomed to - familiar with, used to
  • equality - the state of being equal, especially with regards to status, rights, and opportunities
  • where they want the country to head - the direction they want the country to take, how they want the country to develop
  • have empathy - understand and share the experiences and emotions of other people
  • weird - unusual, strange
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is the main question Nada Tawfik asks?

  2. What is the general response of the people in the street?

  3. With whom should we have empathy?

  4. Pick one response you feel most strongly about.
    Explain why you really agree or disagree with this point of view.

Extra speaking assignments
I
1. Watch the video once more.
2. Focus on the questions Nada Tawfik ask. Write them down.
3. Work in groups of 3 or more.
4. One student asks the other students the same questions as Nada Tawfik in the video.
5. The other students respond.
6. Take turns being the interviewer.

II
1. Split the class in two groups.
2. One group represents people who are okay with the picture.
3. The other group represents people who think the situation in the picture is wrong or weird.
4. Let the discussion begin! Take turns stating your opinion and responding to the other side.
Tip: Use phrases like the following:
- In my opinion ...
- I strongly/firmly believe that ...
- I’m convinced that ...
- I personally think/believe ...
- I honestly/personally feel that ...
- etc.

Never Too Old to Learn

87-year-old Ursula Shepherd is just learning to read. Watch the video to find out more about her story.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pensioner - a person who is old or sick and no longer works for his or her money
  • carer - a person who takes special care of people who need help and protection
  • miss out - lose a chance to do something, be unable to have or enjoy something
  • pretend - to behave as if something is true when you know it is not
  • poorly - not well, ill
  • inspire - make others want to do something
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. In what year did Ursula Shepherd leave school?

  2. How did she trick her school teachers?

  3. Why didn’t she have time to learn to read?

  4. How does she feel about this?

  5. What effect does she hope her story will have on others?